Interview Better With These Tips

| Jul 27, 2016 | Candidates

Preparing for Your Interview

  • Assume there are thousands of candidates who are more qualified (stay hungry)

  • Review, revise & finalize your LinkedIn & resume (look for consistency, clarity, and proof-of-performance)

  • Practice your elevator pitch (in the mirror and/or by recording yourself – it’s awkward, but you’ll thank us later).

  • Read the job description carefully and find your strengths/areas for improvement based on criteria.

  • Create a list, based on job description, of past successes relevant for this role – offer up quantitative and qualitative proof of performance (aka show them you can do this job by offering up measurable proof)

  • Get a friend to prep with you and ‘switch seats’ – play the role of the interviewer by asking questions you’ll have for them (interviews are a two-way street and the ?s you ask will be just as telling as the ?s you answer)

  • Understand behavioral interviewing and how to thrive in this interview style

  • Learn about the people interviewing you through LinkedIn, company site/bio, social media

  • Pack of success – 3 copies of your resume, a pen and a notepad or iPad organized in your bag in case you need them

  • Dress for that company’s style – ask the person handling your interview what the company’s dress code is.

  • Arrive 5 minutes early – even if it means you wait 5 minutes.

  • Remember your interview starts with the very first person you meet – the janitor, the receptionist – first connection will leave the first impression.
  • If you are using a recruiter, ask them for guidance (insights based on their company insights)

During Your Interview

  • Breathe, Smile and Keep Your Core Strong. What? Let us Explain…

    • You need to stay calm, cool and collected

    • Keep your posture straight with a strong core

    • Breathe slowly to keep your mind present

    • Smile — it will keep your nerves at bay and increase engagement

  • Focus on your non-verbal (Are your arms crossed, are you crouched over, are you shaking your pencil out of nerves?) Keep an open posture which suggests confidence and openness to engage in conversation

  • Answer the ? being asked (Sounds simple stupid, but sometimes we’re not listening – we’re preparing to sell ourselves and already have our ‘script’ planned – prepare, but leave your script at the door and listen to listen, then respond….don’t listen to speak)
  •  Ask questions about the team, the job, the company (competitive advantages, why they chose to join the team, who was in the position previously, etc.)

  • Don’t under-qualify or over-qualify yourself. Be True to Yourself

  • End with a clear statement of interest and appreciation of their time (assuming you want the gig)

After Your Interview

  • Send a personal follow-up to all who interviewed you.

    • Think outside the box (including email inbox) for follow-up

    • Send your follow-up 24 to 48 hours after interview